One spark will light up both their lives
Alice is settling down. It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother – even if it means a little part of her will always feel stifled.
Max is shaking things up. After a devastating injury, he is determined to prove himself. To find the man beyond the disability, to escape his smothering family and go on an adventure.
A trip to Sri Lanka is Alice’s last hurrah – her chance to throw herself into the heat, chaos and colour of a place thousands of miles from home.
It’s also the moment she meets Max.
Alice doesn’t know it yet, but her whole life is about to change.
Max doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the one who’s going to change it.
Of course you want to make the people around you happy, but does it make you happy …?
The author does not only take us on a beautiful trip through Sri Lanka, but also on a life changing one for every character in the book.
It certainly is about love. For some it’s as simple as finally meeting the right person. For others it’s a lot more complicated. It’s about putting yourself first and not going on pretending. It’s about being honest with yourself and the people around you.
If you love someone, you want to keep them close. But there is close and suffocating. Sometimes you need to loosen up on the reins just a little.
It’s not a light-hearted and sunny holiday read. It’s a story that makes you realize that sometimes a happy life is about making a u-turn, even if you have to hurt someone in the process.
A fluently written and emotional story. 4 stars.
Thank you, Isabelle Broom, Penguin and Netgalley
About the author
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews Editor. Always happiest when she off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.
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